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Saturday, 27 April 2019 16:50

One Woman’s Missions

Written by Ellie Hays
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Ellie Hays – Reno Affiliate

With my highlighter in hand, I read the NSFA, marking things that especially interest me. I loved seeing the suggestion to use the Maryknoll Affiliate pillars of Spirituality, Community, Global Vision, and Action at meetings. Sr. Norie’s January article, “Norie—A Presence with Past Connections,” reminded me of an article I wrote for the February 1995 Not So Far Afield. At that time, I had given away 5,700 Presence cards by Sister Joan Metzner, MM. I was a casino floor supervisor (pit boss) at Harrah’s Casino and I gave them to any and all I thought to be receptive. I retired in 2002, but it is still my mission. I just had 2,000 more Presence cards laminated, bringing my total to around 17,000.

We have been busy in Reno. In November, Fr. Steve Judd, MM, celebrated his 40th anniversary as a priest and Missioner at a Mass and dinner at Carmel of Reno, with us Affiliates and the Carmelite Sisters. In January, when Reno Affiliate Charles Hancock passed away, Fr. Steve said the funeral Mass and met the next day with Charles’s wife Catherine and the family. They’ve been friends since the 80s.

I was peaceful and spiritual when in the Navy before moving to Reno many years ago, but my connection with Maryknoll led me into nonviolence. On December 3rd, I took my Vow of Nonviolence* at Carmel of Reno for the 31st straight year. I always make my vow on or near December 2nd, the anniversary of the martyrdom of four church women, Ita, Maura, Dorothy, and Jean, who were murdered in El Salvador in 1980. Ita and Maura were Maryknoll Sisters.

In February, I attended the County Commission meeting in Reno along with folks from the Life, Peace, and Justice Commission of the Diocese of Reno, ACTION (Acting in Community Together in Organizing Northern Nevada), and other organizations. We are supporting affordable housing and homeless resources at both the local and the state level.

*See Pax Cristi's Vow of Nonviolencehttps://paxchristiusa.org/resources/vow-of-nonviolence/ Tens of thousands have taken the Vow of Nonviolence since it was composed by Eileen Egan and Rev. John Dear.


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